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June 9, 1960     The Billings County Pioneer
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BILLINGS COUNTY PIONEER Family Produces Shows Young Citizens League in Session Tlle e,qchanting land of make- beiievets being revived through the farrdly marionette project of Tommy ,R t{.~ and Blanche Lillibridge Harding of Dickinson. This has come about through the retirement of Tommy from the staff of the State Teachers College at Dickinson where Blanche met him while ~ student. Tommy, who lind been in charge of honlecoming since 1927. so flamed the old col- lege spirit into the youngsters, that Blanche decided she just had to meet him. Sire did. She was the first girl student in his mechancial drawing course, By summer she was wearing his diamond ring. In the fall they were married. And they have had glorious years every since, Tommy continued his education at the University of North Dakota and encouraged Blanche to get her B. A, in education with a major in English and speech with art and physical education as minors. Hc then returned to DST. where he had started the mechanical arts departrn~nt while the school was still a two-year normal. Through the years when illness forced Tommy to be inactive, Blanche made a living through rec- reational work. Together they plan- ned and developed a puppet family which is almost as alive as their own children who have helped through the years in various phases of the work. During tne~r trooping days the Hardings showed their Gaye Mar- ionettes in neighboring states and all the way down to Missouri.Texas. and back Their plays include, Official delegates from fifty counties in North Dako- ta attended the a~nual state convention of the Young Citizcns League held in the House Chambers at the state capitol building on May 5th and 6th. State projects for the coming years approved at the "The Wizard of Oz" came to life holds Toto and Dorthy, while five convention include: 1. Jane Addams Centennial. May 8th when the Harding family year old Gary hugs the Straw Man 2. Historical spots of local interest. of Dickinson presented their Gayeand the Tin Woodman. Blanche - 3. Painting family names on rural mail boxes. Marionette show at the State Train- f in~ School in Mandan. wife. mother and creative artist - Tommy IR. R. Harding} is shown beams with pride in family and ac- with his troopcr-family: Bonnie complishment. "Cinderella." "Teddy Roosevelt m~ table on their corner lot invites the the Badlands." "'Jack and the Bean} crowd of friends who find them- Stalk." and now "The Wizard of] selves cooking outdoors on the fire- Oz." and "McElligal's Pool." place--winter or summer. %'o go into the Harding home is The workshop is located m the like feeling the fresh breezes blow- ing on a warm spring day. There are so many wonderful projects going on at the same time. Tommy's mother. Mrs. Ivo Hard- irg who ~s affectionately known as 'Name" is a remarkable women. The braided rugs bringing warmth to the rooms are her creatmns. ~he contlnkleS to have her own troy apartment in the home. and contrib- utes handsomely to what ever is go- lng on at the moment. Little Gary, their youngest who is five years old, is their most en- thusiastic supporter. Never did a child have such playthings and he travels along with the family when they give shows, napping when he gets tired. Bonnie, a freshman, takes several leads, and Gordon, who is graduating this spring from high school, has been too bus ythis sea- son with athletics to participate as usual. Their oldest daughter Gaye, who grew up loving and learning every phase of puppetry, is married and is completing her music edu- catien this term at Montana State University, The Hardings live in the spacmus old Ed I~llibridge home in Dick- inson where Blanche grew up. Her mother was one of the leading club women of the state, and Blanche has followed her interests in youth by giving a tremendous amount of time and talent in developing the Camp Fire Girl's program in the basement but the whole house re- flects the family's creative talent. "Name's" hooked rugs, Blanche's weavmgs and pottery in the kitchen, Bonnie's unique center pieces, and }Tommy's and Gordy's wood work and refinished old furmture. "We're j u s t naturally show people," Blanche confesseJ and she takes deli,~ht in planning each new production from writing the scripts I to designing the costumes and scen- ery. Big good natured Tommy does a lot of the hard jobs and works quietly back stage with sound and scenery his domain. Bonnie is tak- ing her turn at everything, is a good student at school, and considers this is one of her top extra cur- ricular activities. Yes. the Harcilngs have round this "Do-it-yourself," project gratifying "Our puppet troop is the easiest show to put o~ the road." confides Blanche. "You see," she adds," there are no problems. Puppets get no salaries so there are no union dis- putes and they are always fresh and smiling, ready to go at the first call of the open road." After their summer vacation at Flathead Lake near Polson, Mont- ana. where they will be living in the cabin the whole family helped build with their savings from puppet projects, the Hardings will return ~alch OuI for to Dickinson and start making I plans for more public appearances 'Good Deals' in schools and clubs throughout North Dakota. area. There are always young people Retirement offers this "young-in- Of This S0rl: at the Hardings--and the big picnic spirit" family continuing happiness. Tommy and Blanche will be making Recently a North Dakota home STS To Teach Arts and Crafts new friends, and keeping the old, f owner s,gned a contract for some everywhere they go for they are home ~mpm)vements to cost around vitally interested in "just folks.", $1,800. He was assured he was get- 4. Raise our standard of decorum. 5: Study and memorize the Star Spangled Banner, North Dakota Hymn, YCL March song. 6. The importance of Civil Defense and making the :hOSt of Conslrad. 7. Continue striving for a state flag in every school. The first state convention was held in Bismarck at .~he capitol building in November 1930. Today there WEDDING PRESENT FOR MARGARET--This pair of lavender jade horses was sent to Princess Margaret as a wedding gift by the governor and people of Hong Kong. The carv- ings were selected by the governor's wife. La~v Black. "l'he intriguing fish from the Hard-, l~trs, tttro amr~U teaettmg arts and lng's marionette show, "McElllgot's crafts this month at the State Tz~in- Pool" delighted the students at the ing School. Long time friend of State Training School, as well as the Hardings, Mrs. Bird has been Superintendent T. R. Crouse, who showing puppets professionally since is shown holding the "Sea Horse." 1940. Mr. and Mrs. Bird, who form- Mrs. Los Bird, to his right, is hold- erly lived at Hettinger. are cot- lnff the "Short Fat Fish" and Bhmche Harding behind holds up "Goof ][~i1" who insisted on fish- tug in a meadow pond even though the farmer saM," You're sort of fool--You'll never catch flgh in McEiligot's PooL" tage parents at the STC. Superintendent Crouse said that another teacher skilled in recrea- Uon and psysdos, l eduea, flon will Join the staff In Jane. She is Miss Mar- jorie Borg. who is gradmtting this spring from Oregon 8tale College BABY SAVED--Six-week-old Eve Coming is sitting up and taking notice again as she is revived by a nurse at Angell Memorial Hospital in Boston. The baby was rescued, facing possible death from dehydration, from a locked and sun-baked car. Her mother, Mrs. Dawn Coming, had left the child in the auto while hurrying to another hospital, nearby, where she had been unexpectedly delayed by post-natal treatments. are 40,000 members from the elementary schools t~k- ing part in the character education program which is a function of the state department of public in- struction under the direction of Supt. M. F. Paterson. Each county has a senior and a junior organization. The senior group is an organization of teachers of the county, which manages under the supervision of the County Superintendent of Schools, the YCL work in the county. Lorene York, state senior secretary and a staff mem- ber of the department of public instruction, with sev- eral other County Superintendents, has been work- ing with the YCL for over a quarter of a century. It is one of the finest youth organizations in the state today. Official photograph by L. W. Nagele, Campbells' studio W. M. Wemett, Valley City, president of the Young Citizens League of America, is shown congratulating Lynn Bowman from Rhame in Slope County, as the new state Junior president of YCL. Observing axe Raymond Mewes, Colgate in Steele county, vice presi- dent, and Secretary Mary Pat Larivee ,rural student frmn Grand Forks county. All are seventh graders. ling "a good deal." A local contractor's estimate 'tcust mers check with an attorney or other advisor before signing $4@0 l contracts and to seek advice if in for the same work was reappear~d ubt about the company the sales- It's an old story, sure to each spring with a new twist or men represent or the quality of ] two. I matenals or workmanship offered. Atty. Gen Leslie R. Burgum and The officials said that with a re- Burleigh County State's Atty. Har-} putable firm. it is not necessary old L. Anderson joined this v~eeki to rush in to take advantage of in advising caution in dealing with. 1 "good deals," adding that a corn- salesmen of home and farm ira-[puny which will stand back of its provements. } work welcomes sugh investigations. The legal officials said this is' One of the approaches which has the time of year when salesmen been successfully used in this area come into an area to contract for home and farm improvement ma- terials and paint and repair .jobs. Anderson and Burgum both said they had already received com- plaints about out-of-state companies operating in this area this year. They suggested that potential is telling a potential customer he is being offered a good deal because his home or farm will be used as a "show place" to attract other customers. El" Average production of milk l~er cow in North Dakota has risen 900 lbs. from 1949 to 1959. WHITE HOUSE VISITOR WAS UNSCREENED--I~esident Eisen- hower comes down for breakfast at the White House with a splotch of iodine behind his left ear. He explained to 14 Repub- lican Congressmen, who were his guests, thJtt he had lost a nocturnal bout with a mosquito and su~ered quite a, welt. Although most visitors to the Executive Mansion in Washing- ton are screened, someone apparentlj forgot about windows.